17th Regional General Council - RESOLUTION ON PAKISTAN - KESK

Jul 2019

The ITUC-AP notes that complaint No. 2902 with the ILO Committee on Freedom of Association on Karachi Electricity Supply Corporation (KESC) has been pending for eight years, and that management refused to implement a Tripartite Agreement dated 26 July 2011 and instead opened fire on peacefully protesting workers. It further notes that the National Industrial Relations has failed to perform its statutory role, and that the Government of Pakistan has failed to implement the ILO Governing Body (march 2019) decisions.

ITUC-AP recalls that Pakistan has ratified ILO Conventions 87 and 89, and is a beneficiary of GSP Plus by the European Union on the condition that these conventions will be honored. It demands that the Government of Pakistan should immediately honor its commitments to hold a secret ballot by NIRC in the case of KESC and fulfill its further commitments before the ILO CFA. The ITUC-AP extends full support to the KESC Labour Union in their fight for legitimate rights to be determined through secret ballot by NIRC, and further decides to monitor implementation of the recommendation of the CFA.